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Tanisha D
8330 Biscayne Blvd
(North Miami, FL)
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2016 Update Video!

the project


Imagine an army of young women leaders exposing racism, sexism and homo/transphobia at every turn and organizing their communities for peace and justice. Imagine that they engage in active struggle against harsh school discipline and paint murals inspiring hearts and minds to end community violence. Imagine that they love themselves so deeply that negative media messages roll right off of them.

THESE ARE SOUL SISTERS! SOUL Sisters is a groundbreaking leadership movement that mobilizes at-risk girls of color to interrupt cycles of poverty & violence. We facilitate the empowerment of young women of color who have lived and breathed social inequality to become agents of personal and community change. Our 4-year program for truant and low-income high schoolers has four pillars: healing, leadership, social justice & the arts. Our program is multidimensional including tools from cutting-edge restorative justice, mindfulness, trauma-informed and culturally-centered approaches.

GIRLS ARE LEADERS NOW! This year, a team of fourteen powerful young women in New York City and Miami have joined the executive team to do program design, fundraising, marketing and outreach as members of our Youth Leaders Board (YLB).  Our young women are leaders NOW!  Their critical contributions to the foundational aspects of the program are key to our successful 2016 launch with 30 low-income and truant rising 9th graders.

Our YLB-Miami members are even participating in a coalition to organize a Black Girls Matter forum to grow their community organizing skills, network with aligned organizations and develop strategic partnerships!


  • To design, craft & print original swag for fundraising (your money is doubled even tripled!);
  • To secure transportation, lodging and meals for our first 4-day overnight Youth Leaders Retreat in New York;
  • To honor board members' contributions with stipends;
  • To obtain snacks and supplies for our monthly meetings;
  • To cover local transportation costs for youth leaders going to/from meeting and events;
  • To offer honoraria to our volunteer teaching artists and other volunteer staff.


  • A youth-developed youth development program designed for and by our constituents!
  • 14 young women with skills and hands-on experience in: entrepreneurship, curriculum design, program design, event planning, fundraising, video production and marketing!


*The tax-deductibility of your donation may be affected by any gifts or services received. Please consult your financial advisor for additional information.

the steps

  • Continue monthly meetings with Youth Leaders Board members in NYC and Miami.
  • Design, craft & print original swag items.
  • Attend local community events to promote SOUL Sisters, network and sell swag.
  • Select and negotiate with retreat site.
  • Prepare young women and parents for retreat.
  • Go to retreat, plan for 2016 and build sisterhood!


why we're doing it

Girls of color face considerable odds in their homes, schools and communities.  They are more likely to face suspension and expulsion, arrest and sexual trauma than their white, and sometimes male, counterparts.  Moreover, they can look forward to making between 55 and 70 cents to a white man’s dollar and holding just a tiny fraction of national leadership positions as adult women.  The year 2014 sparked international debates about racial justice as the lives of countless Black men were unjustly taken and Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. What about our girls’ lives? Where are our sisters’ keepers?


2nd disbursement:

RAISED = $2,025.00
less ioby Platform Fee  paid previously
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $93.75
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $56.25

Updated Budget:

Same as original. Extra $281.67 raised so far will go towards cleaning fee for Celebration Dinner. 

1st disbursement includes:

RAISED = $10,286.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $474.58
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $284.75

Original Budget:

Item Cost per Unit Units Cost
Stipends for Board Members $200.00 12 $2,400.00
Snacks $60.00 6 $360.00
Art supplies $200.00 1 $200.00
Custom buttons $75.00 1 $75.00
Custom t-shirts $150.00 1 $150.00
Custom stickers $75.00 1 $75.00
Banner $35.00 2 $70.00
Transportation (Miami) $4.50 60 $270.00
Transportation (NYC) $5.00 60 $300.00
Roundtrip airfare from Miami to NYC $300.00 7 $2,100.00
Transportation to/from Retreat Center $500.00 1 $500.00
Lodging $500.00 2 $1,000.00
Breakfast $36.00 3 $108.00
Lunch $60.00 3 $180.00
Dinner $60.00 3 $180.00
Celebration Dinner $200.00 1 $200.00
Snacks $36.00 7 $252.00
Activities $300.00 1 $300.00
NYC Show $35.00 14 $490.00
    GRAND TOTAL $9,210.00


SUBTOTAL = $9,210
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $461
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $276



Youth Leaders Board featured on ioby's national blog!

Read the blog post here!

Did you know that members of the Youth Leaders Board were instrumental in making our fundraising video?

They determined the story board, chose key community locations for filming and directed key video scenes. By supporting SOUL Sisters, you are helping young women discover and grow their passion for the arts and self-expression. Please donate today!



Did you know that SOUL Sisters met Michelle Alexander??

Alexander is the author of highly-acclaimed book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-blindess. They had the opportunity to have a sincere heart-to-heart with her after hearing her speak on the injustices in policing and criminal justice in this country. By support SOUL Sisters, you are helping young women find their place in critical social movements of our time.  Please donate today!

Black Girls Matter Forum!

Black Girls Matter. from Dream Defenders on Vimeo.

We did it! We co-organized a successful Black Girls Matter Forum with amazing community partners. SOUL Sisters were on the mic giving testimony and reciting poetry, in the Safe Haven providing peer counseling and doing outreach and fundraising at our table. Young women truly spoke from their hearts and enlightened community members and key stakeholders about the sexual harassment, violence, lack of mental health support, homophobia and transphobia that they face in their schools, homes and communities. They were fearless!

Join them and fearlessly support SOUL Sisters! Share our fundraising page with a friend.




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